Ashley Meyer-Dilley is running in the September Queanbeyan-Palerang election

"We're the future." Ashley Meyer-Dilley wants to see more young people engaging with local government. Photo: Elliot Williams

"We're the future." Ashley Meyer-Dilley wants to see more young people engaging with local government. Photo: Elliot Williams

Ashley Meyer-Dilley hopes that by running for council she can encourage other young people to become more engaged in politics and the community.

She will be running as part of Tim Overall’s Group A ticket and said this would afford her valuable insight into the business of local government.

“Younger people might have some great ideas about how to change the process but we do have to understand how it currently works,” Ms Meyer-Dilley said.

“My decision to join Tim’s ticket was so I could learn how processes work and learn from their experience.”

Originally from Bungendore and now living in Hoskinstown, Ms Meyer-Dilley is an active member of her community and was awarded the 2016 Young Citizen of the Year for Bungendore.

Since 2013 she has been heavily involved with the Bungendore Show society and has a passion for ensuring regional shows continue and that young people see agriculture as a viable future.

As a proud member of the former Palerang council area Ms Meyer-Dilley would like to ensure Palerang is an important part of council decisions moving forward.

Studying a Bachelor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Canberra has kept the 22-year-old politically engaged and, perhaps above all, encouraging her peers to do the same is her greatest motivation.

“For me it’s about having younger people recognise that they have a place in the community and they have a voice that can be heard,” Ms Meyer-Dilley said.

“It’s important to listen to us because we do have great ideas and we are passionate about things and we’re the future.”

Whether she is elected this time around or not you can be sure that Ashley Meyer-Dilley will learn a lot from the experience. Expect to hear her name in the future.

The story Paving the way for young people in politics first appeared on The Queanbeyan Age.

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